We all know about the basic five senses: hearing, taste, touch, sight, and smell. You may have even heard of the term the “sixth sense”. Typically the sixth sense is known as something that isn't very describable, something that relates to your intuition.
But could there be something else that we could classify as a sixth sense?
Within the body we have a system of receptors that are responsible for reacting to specific movements and positions. These are known as the proprioceptors, and our guest today believes these should be known as the sixth sense.
Why Are Proprioceptors Important?
The proprioceptors are responsible for knowing and understanding where the body is in space. They are receiving stimuli that tells them to turn on and off, how the body should respond to specific inputs, and to protect us from danger (ie injury).
If you think the nervous system is fast with how quickly signals can move from the brain out to the rest of the body, the proprioceptors are even faster!
The problem is, you still have to train the proprioceptors to work properly, otherwise the system can break down at the most inopportune moments.
In this episode, Godelieve Babey and I discuss how these proprioceptors work:
»How the proprioceptors are overseeing the way the body moves in space
»Why training for activities we want to be successful at is important
»How very subtle movements can make a huge difference to the body
»What ways to break down exercise to know if it is beneficial
[2:00] What brought you into the fitness world
[3:15] What was it like to transition from being a banker into more of a fitness role
[4:25] Most personal training companies teach traditional-type lifts, at what point did you want to learn more of a functional approach to movement
[5:30] Using movements seen in daily activity, do you receive more compliance from your clients
[6:20] By getting the whole body involved in movement, how does this work with the 5 senses of the body
[7:50] How are proprioceptors related to the body and how does it communicate with the nervous system
[9:20] How do we train these proprioceptors when applying movement to the body
[11:15] Can you utilize the proprioceptors to prevent injury to the body
[13:00] If you train the body with traditional lifts then ask the body to do a specific sport, is this effective?
[16:10] This same process can be applied to any movement of life, from working in the kitchen to going up and down the stairs
[18:30] What are some principles to work with to train the proprioceptors
[21:10] How do you approach this training with those who are suffering from injury or scared to re-injure themselves
[23:30] I like this way of approaching injury because you aren't forcing people to push through the pain
[26:20] When working with the proprioceptors do you see changes in posture
[28:45] Why have so many people lost connection with their body
[32:45] Even very subtle movement is still making changes to the body
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